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  • The Children's Crusade: A Novel | Ann Packer

    The Children's Crusade: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith, Frederick Weller, Thomas Sadoski, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bill Blair finds the land by accident - three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them.

    Beth Anne says: "Slow poignant storytelling"
  • The Dive from Clausen's Pier | Ann Packer

    The Dive from Clausen's Pier

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Scarlett Johansson
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    The Dive from Clausen's Pier reminds us how fragile our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after. It begins with a disaster that could happen in anybody's life, and leaves us asking what we know about our deepest allegiances.

    Layn33 F says: "Interesting but not fascinating!"
  • The Dive from Clausen's Pier | Ann Packer

    The Dive from Clausen's Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Carrie Bell has lived in Wisconsin all her life. She's had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend - Mike, now her fiancé - for as long as anyone can remember. It's with real surprise she finds that, at age 23, her life has begun to feel suffocating. She longs for a change, an upheaval, a chance to begin again.

    Lavenia says: "Must read!"
  • Songs Without Words | Ann Packer

    Songs Without Words

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just 16. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and Sarabeth's attempts to make a happy life for herself - their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women's friendship are revealed.

    Dianne says: "Depression dissected"
  • Swim Back to Me | Ann Packer

    Swim Back to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Cassandra Campbell, Rebecca Lowman, and others
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    A wife struggles to make sense of her husband’s sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother’s wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy - and vulnerability - of fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.

    Ruth Bain says: "Boring"
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